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Healing Reflections

Join us for an innovative, experiential journey into recovery from addiction that nurtures creative expression & engagement with self & community

Men's Group ● September 23-28 
Women's Group ● September 30-October 5

Rush Ranch
Suisun City, CA 

 

  • Equine-Assisted Learning

  • Collaborative Art

  • Poetic Medicine   (Creative Writing)

  • Painting

  • Photography

  • Peer-Support Groups

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Our programs are for people in recovery from addiction who share a commitment to long-term sobriety. 

 

Experience workshops designed to generate new insights, healing, growth and purpose through: 

 - power of words (Poetry)

 - visual expression of thoughts and emotions

(Painting & Photography)

 - deep insights from horses (Equine Assisted Learning)

 - community involvement (Group projects and interactions)

Program Applications Open July 2022

Please join our email list to receive updates and stay tuned for more information about our program.

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Our Workshops

Crescent Moon Center offers people in recovery an innovative, experiential learning program which includes equine-assisted learning, poetic medicine (creative writing), photography, art workshops and exhibits, as well as peer-support groups, reflection and integration circles.

 

Our program provides ongoing resources and community support. We encourage people to volunteer and participate in community outreach. Crescent Moon’s Art Gallery provides a place where participants and others in recovery can share their stories and exhibit their art. Community events will be held to educate and advocate for change in the public's perception of the nature of addiction.


Our program is based on scientific research which shows that equine-assisted learning and creative expression helps people restore mental health and recover from addiction. We have chosen our workshops because they offer unique tools and skills for wellness.

 

  • Horses teach us about boundaries, compassion and kindness. They help us discover our inner authenticity.

  • Poetic Medicine allows us to look deeply into ourselves, explore very personal issues and process life’s experiences. It helps us rewrite internal dialogues and change ingrained patterns of behavior that no longer serve us.

  • Photography connects us to our environment through insight, appreciation and metaphor.

  • Art allows for expression of emotions without having to use words. Through the use of color and form, unconscious feelings are revealed then reflected upon and discussed. Expressive arts provide an emotional release and helps us heal.

Each workshop sets time aside for reflection and integration of lessons learned so that newly learned insights can be applied on your journey to wellness and sobriety. Our workshops provide a safe space for deep personal work and connection to community.

 

Crescent Moon’s program helps to prevent relapse through a creative and authentic engagement with self and others. Our collaborative experiential approach counteracts the social isolation, shame and stigma which so often is a significant challenge to recovery.

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Equine-Assisted Learning

Equine-assisted learning helps people with substance use disorders and mental health issues.

Horses teach us about boundaries, compassion and kindness; they help us discover our inner authenticity.
They give us confidence and hope. They help show us new pathways for achieving our personal goals. Horses partner with us to help solve some of the issues and challenges we face in our lives.

Our workshops are led by experienced equine-assisted learning facilitators.

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Carriage Riding

Crescent Moon Center’s partnership with the Solano Land Trust and Access Adventure has made it possible to offer Carriage Riding Sessions. This session will provide examples of focus, teamwork, effective communication and the importance of building partnerships.

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Splash

Paint large canvasses using a variety of tools like oversized brushes, sponges, and rags. 

SPLASH is action painting, enabling shifts in perspectives through gestures and abstraction. Play with unconventional painting techniques, such as splattering and ragging horizontally and vertically, on the easel or on the ground.
 

Meditation is integrated into the session, designed to keep you in the moment and provide refreshed perspectives.

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Art 4 Healing

 

This workshop is an artistic journey into deep thoughts and feelings through shapes and colors.

 

Use colors to respond to questions posed by a facilitator in this fast-paced, theme-based group creativity workshop. 

Creative expression allows for personal insights and opens us to inspiration, hope, and our inner authenticity.

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Singing Tree Project

Participate in a collaborative mural-making workshop. You will conceptualize, design, and paint a large canvas. This workshop builds healthy relationships and community, inspires hope, honors nature, celebrates art & creativity and cultivating resilience and well-being.

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Plein Air Painting

Express your thoughts and feelings through shapes and colors. Paint the landscape that surrounds you. This workshop gives you the unique opportunity to absorb the serenity and beauty of Rush Ranch.

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Photography

Receive thoughtful exercises to light up your imagination and look at life through metaphors. It will be used as a tool for reflection and integration throughout program workshops.

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Poetic Medicine

Anyone can put pen to paper; what happens after that is a journey. Poetry is a dance of one’s spirit in words.

Poetic Medicine allows us to look deeply into ourselves, explore very personal issues and process life’s experiences. It helps us rewrite internal dialogues and change ingrained patterns of behavior that no longer serve us.

Poetry and creative writing are compelling and effective tools in the journey toward wellness.

This workshop provides tools and support to heal body, mind, and spirit through the creative and therapeutic process of hearing, speaking and writing poetry. 

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Our Facilitators

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Karen Kahn

Karen Kahn is the founder and President of Crescent Moon Center. She is an attorney, equestrian, artist, writer, and mother who lives in the Bay Area with her husband, dog, and horses.  She is a certified member of the Board of Equine Interaction Professionals and certified in Art4Healing.  She is a strong proponent of the belief that horses, and creative arts can have a transformative effect on one’s life.

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Michael Muir

Michael Muir is the great grandson of John Muir, the explorer.  He is a champion in dressage, driving and he continues to breed the Stone Wall horse at Rush Ranch.  Michael has suffered from MS since he was 15 years old, is a two-time cancer survivor and is mobility limited.  Despite these challenges, he drives forward and is an inspiration to everyone.

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Julie Bridge

Julie Bridge, founder of Mearas, has been steeped in the exploration of purpose driven leadership, social and emotional intelligence.

As a lifelong equestrian, Julie understands the power of the horse/human relationship, and the profound realizations leaders, teams and organizations achieve through working with these majestic beings. She has had the honor of studying with the foremost thought leaders in Equine Facilitated Learning and Equine Guided Education and is an Advanced EponaQuest Instructor, Riding Instructor and
Equine Guided Educator.

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Laurie Marshall

Laurie Marshall, M.A. is a cutting-edge educator and creative activist who uses collaborative art to envision healing of heartbreak. She is a book author including, “Beating the Odds Now”, “Singing Trees: A Growing Forest”, and founder of the non-profit, Unity Through Creativity Foundation. Her Singing Tree collaborative mural methodology has produced over 90 murals with 20,000 people from 52 countries.

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John Fox

John Fox is a Certified Poetry Therapist and Practitioner of Poetic Medicine and is a poet and author of numerous books including, “Finding What You Didn’t Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity through Poem-Making.”  He is an adjunct faculty member of several colleges and teaches around the globe.

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Hilary Maslon

Hilary Maslon is an abstract painter with over 30 years of experience in painting and exhibiting.   She has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Queens.  As an entrepreneur, ecologist, and lover of animals she brings a new perspective of art and healing.  She has taught art to diversified groups and venues in NYC, Mississippi and California. 

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CRESCENT MOON'S LOCATION

Our programs are held at Rush Ranch, a 2,070-acre nature preserve of marsh and rolling grassland. It is owned and managed by the Solano Land Trust and located in the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, Suisun, CA. 

Solano Land Trust is a 501c3 nonprofit founded to protect land to ensure a healthy environment, keep ranching and farming families on their properties, and inspire a love of the land. Their work goes beyond conserving land; it’s also about ensuring that people’s relationship to the land remains strong. 

The working ranch includes a visitor center, turn-of-the-century blacksmith shop, historical ranching equipment, and hiking trails. 

Crescent Moon's use of Rush Ranch is provided for by a generous donation from the Solano Land Trust.

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& Access Adventure

​Thanks to our partner Access Adventure, who’s wonderful horses we work with in our Equine-Assisted Learning workshops, we are able to provide the inclusive and unique opportunity for a horse drawn carriage ride into the magnificent beauty and serenity of Rush Ranch.

Rush Ranch hosts Access Adventure, a 501c3 nonprofit founded by Michael Muir, who's mission is to enrich the lives of people with disabilities and other underserved members of our community by providing outdoor recreation, open space access, education and therapy, through a working partnership with horses.

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Introspection

Healing

Growth

Purpose

WHO THIS PROGRAM IS FOR

Our program is for people who do not have resources to attend private rehabilitation and outpatient services, or who have exhausted their financial resources; others may be looking for a fresh perspective and new tools to help with long-term sobriety.

As a nonprofit, we are dedicated to improving access to recovery resources and programs for diverse, underserved and under-resourced communities. 

We work in partnership with the Solano County Land Trust and Access Adventure to primarily serve the residents of Solano County. Participants come from the Greater Bay Area and around the country. No prior experience with horses or art is necessary, and we welcome participants with varying physical abilities.

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A Place for Healing through Horses & Art

Program applications open July 2022.

Please join our email list to receive updates and stay tuned for more information about our program.